IFMIF-DONES site preparation activities and implementation of laboratories (2020-2023)

In order to strengthen support for the IFMIF-DONES candidature in Granada, the “Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación” and the “Junta de Andalucía” are going to mobilize more than 32 million euros (16,3 million euros each one), taking advantage of the co-financing with European FEDER funds. This funds will be destined to pay the first activities on the site of Escúzar.

Poster installed on the IFMIF-DONES plot in the Metropolitan, Industrial and Technological Park of Escúzar (Granada)

The scope of the DONES-PRIME project includes the following activities:


  • Construction of three buildings and the adjoining urbanization
  • Management and licenses


  • Design and installation of the Liquid Metals Laboratory of IFMIF-DONES
  • Design and installation of the IFMIF-DONES Radio Frequency Laboratory

C-Service connections

  • High Voltage electrical connection
  • Low Voltage Supplies
  • Other supplies

D-Site Characterization

  • Topographic study
  • Geotechnical studies
  • Technical assistance for the design of foundations
  • Experimental meteorological station of DONES-Escúzar
  • Seismic studies
  • Study of seismic isolation


In the coming months it is planned to implement two contracts related to the Execution  and the Management of the work.

Infographics of the IFMIF-DONES buildings to be built in the first pase: Plot view
Infographics of the IFMIF-DONES buildings to be built in the first pase: Detailed design of the administration building


The planned contracts will focus on:

  • Design and construction of the Liquid Metals Laboratory of IFMIF-DONES
  • Design and installation of connections and service panels
  • Design of components and auxiliary systems of the Radio Frequency Laboratory
  • Transport and installation works
Preliminary design of the Liquid Metals Laboratory of IFMIF-DONES (left) and partial view of the Radio Frequency Laboratory installed at CIEMAT (right)

C-Service connections

In the near future contracts will be implemented for the “Design and construction of the high voltage line”, the “Enabling low voltage supplies” and other supply contracts.

D-Characterization of the Escúzar site

Geotechnical and Topographic Studies:

Currently, contracts have been /are in progress for the:

  • Geotechnical study of the area where the first three buildings will be built (Codexsa S.A.)
  • Topographic study of the IFMIF-DONES plot and survey of drainage Works (Horus Topografía)
  • Intensive geotechnical study throughout the IFMIF-DONES plot (Labson S.A.)
Geotechnical study of the plot (left) and planned boreholes and photo of the works (right). April, 2021

DONES-Escúzar Environmental Experimental Station:

The following contracts have been /are in progress:

In addition, contracts are planned for the:

  • Annual maintenance of the meteorological station and data server
  • Design and construction of phase 2 of the METEO-DONES meteorological station
Photographs of the DONES-Escúzar Environmental Experimental Station

It is intended that this Station be much more than a meteorological station. It will be an important piece in the “Environmental Strategic Plan”, in this sense other environmental experiments are being prepared, which can use the space and the sensors of the METEO-DONES. The first experiment “the Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems Hydrological Study Laboratory (LabSUDs)”- funded by the UGR, is already underway and will be installed in the coming months.

Seismic studies:

Up to now, a contract for the seismic study of the area has carried out. Subsequently, it is planned to implement contracts for the specific experimental seismic study (seismic series, southern Escúzar fault and fixed accelerometers in METEO-DONES)

Seismic studies carried out in Escúzar

Seismic isolation studies:

To guarantee the best operating conditions for IFMIF-DONES, the main building, which will contain the experiment, will be seismically isolated. In this phase, the optimal formula to undertake this building is being studied.

Seismic isolation studies of the main IFMIF-DONES building